North Devon’s dining scene wouldn’t be what it is today without the Squire family. Having been in the restaurant business since 1969 when June and Gordon Squire first opened the doors to Squires Fish Restaurant, which is still going strong 50 years later, two further generations of Squires have since joined the family trade and have been instrumental in growing the family business and making a name for themselves within this competitive industry.
Introducing SQ Bar and Restaurant, North Devon’s premier drinking and dining destination, to Exeter Road in Braunton, standing just opposite Squires Fish Restaurant in a swanky, modern, and eye-catching building you couldn’t miss, June and Gordon’s son Michael and his wife Cherry, along with Michael and Cherry’s daughter Lucy and her husband Olly, are the finest team to see this well-respected name in the restaurant business continue to thrive well into the future.
Delighting diners with everything they could hope for in the way of indescribably delicious cuisine, flavoursome drinks, and thrilling entertainment, SQ Bar & Restaurant is truly an experience you should not miss out on. Set in a former Gas Showroom that was most recently a bank, this bar, restaurant, and celebration venue, complete with roof terrace, offers guests a glamorous and sophisticated backdrop for an evening they will never forget. Casual, relaxed, but without even a hint of pretention, this is fine dining exactly as it should be.
Drawing inspiration from across the globe, the eclectic and dynamic selection of international dishes on the menu, along with popular classics such as roast lamb and pie of the day, offers more than enough choice to delight even the fussiest of diners. Whether you opt for pad Thai, mussels marinières or bistro rump in Madras spices, nothing will compliment your exceptional feast more than with something from their varied wine list or from their well-stocked bar.
On summer evenings, sit outside on the enchanting terrace with a cocktail in hand before moving inside to enjoy one of the venue’s regular live entertainment evenings. With live music from local musicians every Thursday and open mic nights on select Tuesdays and Thursdays, there’s always a great reason to make a return visit to SQ Bar & Restaurant.
SQ Bar & Restaurant also makes the perfect venue to host engagement parties, wedding receptions, and hen and stag nights. No matter the celebration, the restaurant offers bespoke packages ideal for all tastes and budgets. Why not hire the rooftop terrace and celebrate a special occasion with a couple of glasses of bubbly and a three-course feast?
If you’re searching for classic fish and chips done right, it doesn’t get any better than at the award-winning Squires Fish Restaurant. Having attracted prime ministers, celebrity chefs, and world-respected artists through its doors since opening in 1969, Squires is considered by many to be the No 1 fish restaurant in Devon, and as soon as you step through the doors and breathe in the enticing smells, you’ll soon understand why.
Having received numerous accolades and awards since opening, as well as glowing reviews, this attractive and modern venue, featuring a light interior bursting with bright colours pleasantly offset by selected artwork, makes for a delightful setting to enjoy the nation’s favourite dish.
Specialising in the classic fish and chips, the team pride themselves on having perfected the recipe. Cooked in sunflower oil which creates a light and crispy batter, their prime fillet of cod comes with large thick-cut fluffy chips, beans or mushy peas. If you’re not craving fish and chips, the restaurant’s menu also boasts a brilliant selection of other British favourites including steak and ale pie and a wide range of burgers and tasty vegetarian options. For the health-conscious, the restaurant also offers tempting healthy alternatives such as their popular poached fish with a side salad and an excellent selection of gluten-free sauces. Compliment your dish with something from the hand-picked wine list or the extensive gin menu and finish with the likes of apple pie, Chocoholics Delight sundae, or cheesecake of the day accompanied by a tea or coffee and you’ll quickly be planning your return visit or downloading the restaurant’s own app so you can order more of their delicious food to take away.
Jo Rees, for Food Magazine, said this about the restaurant:
“This is a fish and chip shop of legend. There is nowhere quite like it for miles.”
Celebrity chef, television presenter and restaurateur Rick Stein had this to say about his visit to Squires Fish Restaurant for his book, Seafood Lovers’ Guide:
“I found their fish and chips great with a very light batter covering a thick fillet of very fresh fish and the chips were thick and floury on the inside and beautifully crisp on the outside.”
For more on SQ Bar and Restaurant and Squires Fish Restaurant, look out for our reviews of the restaurants in our recently released Devon Food & Drink Guide. Get your FREE copy here or read a digital copy here.